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Letter from VPAA Paul Koch

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The motto of the academy says it all: "Fons Luminis" (font of enlightenment). Our patron is, for us, a source of learning, a role model for our identity, and an inspiration for our commitment to be a leading Midwestern university rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Our academy hosts this website, an on-line 'virtual journal' of Ambrosian Studies essays, a gallery of images on or about Ambrose, an annual lecture and symposium, a theology course on St. Ambrose, a study-abroad course in Italy, an alumni "Ambrose's Italy" study tour, various incentives to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and instruction, even original art objects.

In addition to serving the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of St. Ambrose University, this site is also offered to the global community of scholars who contribute their insights into the historical theology of the ancient Christian community to enrich our Church and our ever-more interconnected societies. We are pleased to have established a formal relationship with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, Italy (www.ambrosiana.ed), one of the world's greatest research institutions and home to a peerless collection of manuscripts, texts, and art.

Please enjoy this website and take advantage of the opportunities for enrichment you will find here. We invite you to engage our academy, contribute to it, take from it, and help us develop it. We look forward to hearing from you, and please join us on campus for the events we will offer for enriching our own lives and the lives of others.

Sincerely,

Paul C. Koch, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
St. Ambrose University